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Ribbon Fern

Ribbon Fern

Ribbon Fern: Ophioglossum pendulum

  • Fleshy white creeping plant with sausage-like ribbed divided leaves up to 15cm long..
  • Its fronds are strap-like, fleshy, brittle, bright green and usually twisted. They can be up to two centimetres wide and ninety centimetres long.
  • Sterile fronds hang downwards.
  • This fern usually grows out of Platycerium species, such as the Elkhorn and Staghorn Fern, but, it also grows in rainforest litter collected in trunk hollow and branches.
  • The Ribbon Fern is intolerant of dryness and is confined to the rainforest.
  • Its distribution is in Queensland, New South Wales as far south as the Hunter River, from the coast to the ranges and tablelands.
  • It can be cultivated in baskets of Platycerium peat where it forms attractive large clumps.
  • It is a member of the Ophioglossaceae family, and its genus contains about 30 species, 4 found in Australia. The terrestrial species are widespread but the epiphytes are confined to the Tropics.
  • Ribbon Ferns resent disturbance, but can be grown in glasshouses or in humid situations.
  • Others in the family include the Adder’s Tongue and the Large Adder’s Tongue.
 


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